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Food, Identity, and African-American Women With Type 2 Diabetes: An Anthropological Perspective

Liburd, L. C. (2003) Food, Identity, and African-American Women With Type 2 Diabetes: An Anthropological Perspective. Diabetes Spectrum, 16 (3). pp. 160-165. ISSN 1040-9165

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Abstract

Dietary practices are deeply rooted in history and culture. Anthropologists have long recognized that food choices and modes of eating reflect many symbolic, affective, familial, and gender-specific associations. African-American women with type 2 diabetes may find that modifying their dietary patterns is particularly challenging given the highly ritualized nature of eating and food selection and the meanings encoded in foods and food-centered events in the African-American experience. When health care providers understand the historical and social shaping of food patterns, they can work in partnership with people with type 2 diabetes to shift cultural norms toward healthy eating.


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Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: food choices, African-American women, type 2 diabetes
Subjects: Health > Nutrition
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Diabetes
Practice > interventions
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    Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2011 11:02
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2011 11:02
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2960

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